Internal Medicine Interns, 2021-22

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Muhammad Abu-Rmaileh, M.D.

Muhammad Abu-Rmaileh, M.D.

Home Town: Little Rock, AR
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonary/critical care
Personal Interests: Collecting & trading sneakers, camping, hiking, fishing, basketball, baking

Andrea Amaro

Andrea Amaro, M.D.

Home Town: McAllen, Texas
Undergraduate School: Rice University
Medical SchoolMcGovern Medical School at the UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Gastroenterology, hepatology, health equity
Personal Interests: Unconventional museums, endurance running, rock music, travel

David Arteaga

David Arteaga, M.D.

Home Town: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal Interests: Fitness, travel

Joetsaroop Bagga

Joetsaroop Bagga, M.D.

Home Town: Edison, NJ
Undergraduate School: Carnegie Mellon University
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Saxophone (classical, jazz, and contemporary) and photography

Neeraja Balachandar

Neeraja Balachandar, M.D.

Home Town: Plano, TX
Undergraduate School: UT Dallas
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal InterestsJeopardy/trivia, traveling, medical humanities, live music

Naveen Balakrishnan

Naveen Balakrishnan, M.D.

Home Towns: Croydon, UK; Katy, TX; Providence, RI
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Nephrology, general IM, community health, education
Personal Interests: Chess, tennis, videogames, cricket, biking, drawing, dogs

Meng Cao, M.D.

Meng Cao, M.D.

Home Town: Overland Park, KS
Undergraduate School: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Career Interests: Hematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Piano, guitar, stage performance, reading, swimming

Peter Carlsgaard, M.D.

Peter Carlsgaard, M.D.

Home Town: Zionsville, IN
Undergraduate School: Purdue University
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Career InterestsAcademic medicine, hospital medicine, clinical informatics
Personal Interests: Church involvement, karaoke, mountain biking, motorcycles, mountaineering, scuba, diving, cooking, brewing beer, travel, novels

Christian Carr, M.D.

Christian Carr, M.D.

Home Town: Mt. Pleasant, Utah
Undergraduate School: UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Dermatology
Personal Interests: Cycling, hiking, traveling, reading, cooking, playing with my dog
Preliminary Program

Cherna Cherfrere, M.D.

Cherna Cherfrere, M.D.

Home Town: North Lauderdale, FL
Undergraduate School: Florida A&M University
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal InterestsCooking Haitian food, Peloton workouts, brunch, traveling, alto saxophone, mentoring, volunteering, reading 

Kalonji Cole, M.D.

Kalonji Cole, M.D.

Home Town: Tallahassee, FL
Undergraduate School: Florida State University
Medical School: UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Music, songwriting, hiking, cats

Vincent Delgado, M.D.

Vincent Delgado, M.D.

Home TownSan Diego, CA
Undergraduate SchoolUC Berkeley
Medical School: UC Irvine School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal InterestsBasketball, ultimate frisbee, hiking, skiing, spending time with family

Pallavi Dev, M.D.

Pallavi Dev, M.D.

Home Town: Pearland, TX
Undergraduate School: UT Dallas
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests:Hematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Reading, dance, piano

Sharlene Dong, M.D., M.S.

Sharlene Dong, M.D., M.S.

Home Town: Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Career Interests: Hematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Reading, podcasts, movies, exploring restaurants, tennis, running

Aseel Dweik

Aseel Dweik, M.D.

Home Town: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate School: UT Dallas
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care
Personal Interests: Gardening, cooking/baking, reading, biking, volleyball, painting

Mahmoud Eljalby, M.D.

Mahmoud Eljalby, M.D.

Home Town: Cairo, Egypt
Undergraduate SchoolEmory University
Medical SchoolWeill Cornell Medicine
Career InterestsCardiology, Oncology, Immunology
Personal Interests: Running, cooking, documentaries, chess

Michelle Ghebranious, M.D.

Michelle Ghebranious, M.D.

Home Town: Houston, TX
Undergraduate School: UT Austin
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Career Interests: Rheumatology
Personal Interests: Running, baking, crafting

Jaskeerat Gulati, M.D.

Jaskeerat Gulati, M.D.

Home Town: Houston, TX
Undergraduate School: Rice University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Cardiology, Heme/Onc
Personal Interests: Basketball, coffee, cooking, podcasts, music

Annabelle Guo, M.D.

Annabelle Guo, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Shanghai, China
Undergraduate School:Fudan University
Graduate School: Yale University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Career Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Piano, ballroom dance, yoga, meditation

Lindsay Hill, M.D., Ph.D.

Lindsay Hill, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Brooklyn, NY, and Norwich, CT
Undergraduate SchoolNew York University
Medical SchoolState University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University
Career InterestsPhysician-scientist in Hematology/Oncology
Personal InterestsHiking with my dog Dalton, kickboxing, cycling, dance, cooking/baking/fermentation, snowboarding, bouldering, roller skating
PSTP Program

Fieke Hoff, M.D.

Fieke Hoff, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Undergraduate School: University of Groningen/ University Medical Center Groningen
Medical School: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Faculteit der Medische Wetenschappen
Career InterestsHematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Field hockey, sports, being outdoors

Caleb Hood, M.D.

Caleb Hood, M.D.

Home Town: Spokane, WA
Undergraduate School: Carroll College
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Studying Spanish, running, weightlifting, skiing, swimming, hiking, basketball, cooking

Caroline Horton, M.D.

Caroline Horton, M.D.

Home Town: Greensboro, NC, and Hartsville, SC
Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Career Interests: GI, QI, academic medicine
Personal Interests: Japanese animation, cooking, painting, sewing, card-making, nail art, haircutting

Benjamin Johnson, M.D.

Benjamin Johnson, M.D.

Home Town: Dunwoody, GA
Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Career Interests: General Internal Medicine, health systems
Personal Interests: Running, yoga, golf, boxing, motorcycles, hunting, fly fishing, guitar, reading

Alex Jones, M.D.

Alex Jones, M.D.

Home Town: Madbury, NH
Undergraduate School: Hamilton College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Career Interests: GI, medical education
Personal Interests: Competitive swimming, disc golf, pickling, hiking, professional sports

Mounika Kanneganti, M.D.

Mounika Kanneganti, M.D.

Home Town: Warrington, PA
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Career Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Guitar, poetry, spirituality, nature photography

Doruk Karaaslan, M.D.

Doruk Karaaslan, M.D.

Home Town: Istanbul and Ankara
Medical School: Koç Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi
Career Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Abstract painting and salsa dancing

Krystal Lai, M.D.

Krystal Lai, M.D.

Home Town: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Career InterestsHospitalist Medicine, Cardiology, and Medical Education
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking, movies, crosswords, trivia, running, walking

Megan Leslie, M.D.

Megan Leslie, M.D.

Home Town: Eugene, Oregon
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Career Interests: Evolving
Personal InterestsHiking, biking, being outside, learning how to golf, watching British crime dramas.

Mir Lim, M.D.

Mir Lim, M.D.

Home Town: Hudson, Ohio, and San Francisco, Calif.
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Hematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Coffee, biking, yoga, running, tennis, indie music

Nikhil Madhusudhan, M.D.

Nikhil Madhusudhan, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Centreville, VA
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Hematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Wristwatches, playing violin, cooking Indian food
PSTP Program

Kristine Madsen, M.D.

Kristine Madsen, M.D.

Home Town: Vancouver, WA
Undergraduate School: University of Idaho
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonary/critical care
Personal Interests: Art, music, piano, painting, running, volleyball, tennis, golf

MariaSanta Mangione, M.D.

MariaSanta Mangione, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Undergraduate School: University of Maryland
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Career Interests: Physician researcher/preventive cardiology
Personal Interests: Running, soccer, and Italian language, films, and foods
PSTP Program

Gabriela Martinez Zayas, M.D

Gabriela Martinez Zayas, M.D.

Home Town: Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Medical School: Tecnológico de Monterrey Escuela de Medicina
Career Interests: Rheumatology/medical education
Personal Interests: Swimming, golf, jigzaw puzzles, movies and series, walking, reading, spending time with friends and family.

Christine Mbakwe, M.D.

Christine Mbakwe, M.D.

Home Town: Davenport, Iowa
Undergraduate School: St. Ambrose University
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Career Interests: Primary care, hospitalist, critical care
Personal Interests: Dance, writing poetry

Neha Mulpuri, M.D.

Neha Mulpuri, M.D.

Home Town: Austin, Texas
Undergraduate School: UT Dallas
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career InterestsAcademic Medicine, Hospitalist
Personal InterestsTraveling, true crime podcasts, documentaries, running, interior design

Reshma Narain, M.D.

Reshma Narain, M.D.

Home Town: Plano, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Southern California
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Academic medicine, general internal medicine
Personal Interests: Indoor rock climbing & bouldering, hiking, tabletop RPGs, bullet journaling, drawing, Chinese cooking, whimsical socks

Manasa Narasimman, M.D.

Manasa Narasimman, M.D.

Home Town: Sarasota, FL
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of Miami
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Career Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Traveling, languages, Korean dramas and cooking shows, martial arts, baking, pizza-making, Indian dance, knitting, time with family, friends, and dog

Mary Nattakom, M.D.

Mary Nattakom, M.D.

Home Town: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Career Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Gastronomy, hiking, violin, interior design, podcasts, reading

Danh Nguyen, M.D.

Danh Nguyen, M.D.

Home Town: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate School: Southern Methodist University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career InterestsHospital medicine, evolving
Personal InterestsDIY projects, dogs, piano, guitar, board games, learning Spanish

Nga Nguyen, M.D.

Nga Nguyen, M.D.

Home Town: Portland, OR
Undergraduate SchoolHarvey Mudd College
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Career InterestsCardiology, General Medicine
Personal Interests: Playing piano, baking, sewing/making clothes, hiking, talk shows and Korean dramas

Abigail Nolen, M.D.

Abigail Nolen, M.D.

Home Town: Kingsport, TN
Undergraduate School: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Career Interests: Academic medicine
Personal Interests: Trivia, reading, crosswords, running and training with my dog

Miguel Ortiz Bezara, M.D.

Miguel Ortiz Bezara, M.D.

Home Town: Caracas, Venezuela
Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela de Medicina Luis Razetti
Career Interests: Pulmonary/critical care
Personal Interests: Crosswords, LEGO, baking, playing with my cats

 Dogan Polat, M.D.

S. Dogan Polat, M.D.

Home Town: Isparta, Turkey
Undergraduate School: Anadolu University
Medical School: Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi
Career Interests: Radiology
Personal Interests: Cycling, swimming, aviation, skydiving

Syed Rizvi, M.D.

Syed Rizvi, M.D.

Home Town: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School: UT Austin - McCombs School of Business
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Cardiology, GI, academic medicine
Personal Interests: Basketball, working out, biking, yoga, woodworking, exploring new cuisines, board games, reading

John Rose, M.D.

John Rose, M.D.

Home Town: Lynchburg, VA
Undergraduate School: The College of William and Mary
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonology/critical care
Personal Interests: Swimming, visiting museums, making new recipes

Kinnari Ruikar, M.D.

Kinnari Ruikar, M.D.

Home Town: Frisco, Texas
Undergraduate School: UT Dallas
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Internal medicine
Personal Interests: Singing, Bollywood and Indian classical dancing, reading, women's health and empowerment, mentorship
Preliminary Program

Ruth Sanchez, M.D.

Ruth Sanchez, M.D.

Home Town: Austin, Texas
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Medical School: UT Austin Dell Medical School
Career Interests: Academic medicine, hospitalist, rheumatology
Personal Interests: Running, podcasts, reading, puzzles

Alexander Sands, M.D.

Alexander Sands, M.D.

Home Town: Ormond Beach, FL
Undergraduate School: University of Miami
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Basketball, bowling, fishing, golfing and Miami Hurricanes sports
Preliminary Program

Sumitabh Singh, M.D.

Sumitabh Singh, M.D.

Home Town: Muzaffarpur, Bihar
Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Career Interests: Internal Medicine

Aaron Smith, M.D.

Aaron Smith, M.D.

Home Town: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate SchoolBrigham Young University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Rheumatology, hematology/oncology
Personal Interests: Swimming, reading, playing soccer, casual hiking and camping, college football, playing with my children

Hannah Smith, M.D.

Hannah Smith, M.D.

Home Town: Oak Ridge, TN; Lynchburg, VA; Charlotte, NC
Undergraduate School: College of William & Mary
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Career Interests: Pulmonary and critical care
Personal Interests: Fiber arts, baking, tabletop games

Chunzi Song, M.D.

Chunzi Song, M.D.

Home Town: Singapore, China
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Career InterestsNephrology, Cardiology
Personal Interests: Playing piano, transcribing songs, listening to true crime podcasts

Vishnu Venkatesh, M.D.

Vishnu Venkatesh, M.D.

Home Town: Lawrence Township, NJ
Undergraduate School: Rutgers University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Career InterestsCardiology/Pulmonary Critical Care
Personal Interests: Running, cooking, hiking, fantasy football, trying new fast food.

Simeng Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Simeng Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Home Town: Xi'an, China
Medical School: Fourth Military Medical University
Career Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Swimming, mid-distance running, painting, dancing, Chinese calligraphy, part-time anchor
PSTP Program

May Xac, M.D.

May Xac, M.D.

Home Town: San Antonio, Texas
Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Painting, hiking

Haitao Xu, M.D.

Haitao Xu, M.D., M.S.

Home Town: Plantation, FL; Nanning, China
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Career Interests: Hematology/oncology, genomic medicine
Personal Interests: Performing comedy, acting, theater production, intramural and collegiate sports (badminton, soccer, basketball)

Christine Yen, M.D.

Christine Yen, M.D.

Home Town: Whippany, NJ
Undergraduate School: Rutgers University
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Career Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Crabbing, learning Tamil, bouldering, obstacle course racing, painting

Andrew Yu, M.D.

Andrew Yu, M.D.

Home TownGlendale, CA
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Career Interests: Hospital medicine, pulmonary/critical care
Personal InterestsCycling, dance, graphic design/visual arts, podcasts, and volleyball

Aemen Zamir, M.D.

Aemen Zamir, M.D.

Home Town: Plano, Texas
Undergraduate School: UT Dallas
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Career InterestsRheumatology, Hospitalist Medicine, Quality Improvement 
Personal InterestsReading, hot yoga, traveling, hiking